Thursday, May 30, 2013

Disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada set for sentencing on embezzlement charges

The crooked state senator from the Bronx was convicted of stealing $400,000 from his nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network.

Former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr., speaks to the press on May 4th, 2012, outside Brooklyn Federal Court, after another day of deliberations on his corruption trial.

Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News

Former state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. was convicted on embezzlement charges and has been attempting to delay sentencing until a judge delayed adjournment Wednesday. Sentencing is set for June 14.

Disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. has tried — and failed — to delay his sentencing by changing lawyers yet again.
Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block on Wednesday rejected the disgraced Bronx Democrat’s bid for a 30-day adjournment so he could hire a new legal mouthpiece.
Espada, who faces up to 10 years in prison, is due to be sentenced June 14 for embezzling more than $400,000 from his nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network. He was convicted by a federal jury more than a year ago, and in October pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges that the jury had deadlocked on.
Espada and his son Pedro Gautier Espada, who also pleaded guilty to tax evasion, had a February sentencing date postponed after they parted ways with their trial lawyers. But the elder Espada’s legal team sought to stop the clock Wednesday by citing an unspecified “conflict of interest” that has arisen with the client.
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